Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempting to kill DJ DJ Evolve and misusing his firearm.
Babu was arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday morning, after spending the weekend in custody following a shooting incident at B Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani Estate on Friday.
The die hard ODM supporter and first time MP will not spend 7 more days in remand as court denied him bail application.
However, police are still piecing together the details of what happened leading to the shooting at around 7 AM on Friday morning. According to witnesses, Babu and DJ Evolve know each other very well. It is alleged that the two were arguing over the size of their ‘guns’ when the MP took his gun and shot the DJ twice in the neck.
Babu claimed that the shooting was a result of an assassination attempt on his life.
However, CCTV footage from the hotel showed the MP shot DJ Evolve, whose real name is Felix Orinda without any provocation.
DJ Evolve is currently recovering at the Nairobi Hospital after undergoing surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his shoulder. Babu’s lawyer Cliff Ombeta told journalists that the MP had catered for the medical bill.
If found guilty, the controversial lawmaker risks being slapped with a life sentence over the shooting
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) through its head of Offences Jacob Ondari has also opposed Babu’s bail application.
“The accused has been charged with attempted murder which carries a penalty of life imprisonment if found guilty. It is a very serious offence and the punishment to be meted out is so serious and heavy,” Ondari said.
Here is the shootout video that has since gone viral;
Benjamin Washiali, Mumias East Member of Parliament and ardent member of Ruto’s Tangatanga faction of Jubilee, who was reported missing on Saturday have been found.
Washiali emerged on Sunday morning in a safe and sound condition.
In a statement to the press, the legislator claimed that he had gone into hiding after learning those police officers were preying on him after the aborted Mumias Political Rally.
Detectives from the Director of Criminal Investigations said that the MP has been resting at a hotel in Kisumu city.
The legislator was reported to have gone missing from his rural home in Shitoto village, in Mumias on Friday night.
His bodyguard and personal assistant had recorded a statement at Shianda Police station accounting that the MP was missing from his house.
His disappearance was made public after a botched Tangatanga political rally that was to be held at Mumias town to address economic issues in the region.
Western Kenya politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto claimed that Washiali had been abducted by organizers of BBI forum.
The Mumias town address was set to counter a Building Bridges Initiative consultative forum held in Bukhungu stadium at neighbouring Kakamega County.
Washiali is among prominent Luhya leaders who are accused of felling Mumias Sugar company. The MP was implicated in the macabre murder of Mumias Sugar company secretary, Ronald Lubya whose death left more questions than answers.
Hon Musalia Mudavadi had told the media that he was in possession of a letter from Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali in which he demands Sh10 million from Mumias Sugar management to boost his re-election during 2017 general elections.
The National Assembly Chief Whip was again recently put on the spot over a video showing him beating up a villager in Mumias, Kakamega County.
The video, whose date we are yet to establish, shows Washiali slapping, punching and kicking an unidentified man along a road in a sugarcane plantation and is ably assisted by his unidentified aides.
A political analyst recently quipped that DP Ruto would have to rethink about the MPs he is associating with, or else he will be irrelevant before 2022.
Drama is unfolding at the University of Nairobi (UoN) after the newly appointed acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche sent an internal memo warning ‘sacked’ Prof Gitahi Kiama from purportedly exercising his powers as a UoN VC.
Prof Gitahi Kiama was appointed after the UoN council on January 5th 2020 declared him the winner in the selection process.
The appointment of Prof Gitahi Kiama was seen as irregular; he was also being fronted by Deputy President William Ruto.
A mother memo, written the same day (18th January 2020) by Prof Madara Ogot stated that the installation ceremony for the new VC slated for 21st of this month has been cancelled.
A day after Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha wrote to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) to probe the recruitment of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi student leaders have now declared their support for Prof Isaac Mbeche for the position.
The University of Nairobi Students’ Association (UNSA) on Sunday urged the national government to intervene in the leadership crisis at the institution as soon as possible to allow for the smooth running of operations.
The students support Magoha’s decision to revoke the appointment of Prof Stephen Kiama.
In a statement read by Byron Ochieng, main campus Secretary-General, the student leaders said that they were behind Magoha after he read malice in the process of the appointment of the VC into office.
“Earlier there had been claims that there was mischief in the process of Vice-Chancellor appointment…we want to say that this time round that matter is investigated as called upon by the Education CS,” read the statement in part.
Prof. Peter Mbithi officially handed over office to the acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche. Prof. Mbithi handed over the instruments of power including the mace, emblem, constitution, the act, the charter, the seals and walked Prof. Mbeche through the Vice-Chancellor’s Office.
On his part, UNSA Vice President Nyakundi Ian said that there is no way the institution is going to be managed by three Vice Chancellors. He asked Kiama to pave way for Mbeche to take over the leadership in peace. Kiama has since maintained that he was duly appointed into the capacity and he has no intentions to quit any soon.
Fresh details have emerged about how Deputy President William Ruto used the immediate former University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, to get his fake doctorate degree and later dumped him like garbage.
According to sources, Mbithi tried reaching out to Ruto during his last days in office but his efforts proved futile.
Prof. Mbithi had helped Ruto get a doctorate degree that generated a lot of controversy during his tenure as VC.
He had also awarded a multimillion security tender to Lavington Security Company, associated with a Ruto ally.
Initially while still in office, Prof. Mbithi could drive in and out as he wished except on this day
The new structure focuses on multi-agency coordination, advanced training and equipment upgrades, community involvement and incentives for officers.
In one of the major changes, Uhuru directed the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to ensure security officers working in terror hotspots in the North-Eastern region and parts of the Coast receive a field allowance.
The president further instructed the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to investigate and arrest terror financiers funding Somali-based Al-Shabaab through illicit businesses.
“Any and all means by which the enemy is generating income from Kenya including contraband goods and illegal trade must be stopped. “Smuggling of goods directly funds Al-Shabaab,” he asserted.
In addition, Uhuru ordered for security agencies to begin serious operations to flush out terrorist cells in the North Eastern region and affected areas at the Coast.
The president further directed Interior CS Matiang’i to ensure police officers who were incompetent or failed in their duties were not transferred as has been the case.
Instead, Uhuru directed that such officers be immediately dismissed.
The ongoing sustained war against counterfeits, contraband and illicit trade in the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta is not about to end.
One thing is clear, contraband goods getting through the border are the main cause of terrorism in Northern Kenya.
Contraband goods that include milk, cooking oil, rice, sugar and other products that are still getting into the country despite the fact that the Kenya-Somali border remaining closed is not only killing our local industries but funding terrorism in the North Eastern region.
Hundreds of lorries cross the border every night with contraband goods, which end up in our homes after been repackaged in Nyamakima. The trend to ferry such huge consignments conspicuously through Somalia without terror incidents and make it across the border, it implies that they are financing terrorism.
The contraband supply chain is also used as the conduit for smuggling small arms and light weapons into the country that are feeding into urban crimes and cattle rustling menace.
Some powerful politicians behind these economic sabotages are legislating and networking in parliament and influencing policies in government, thereby rendering counter-terrorism efforts impotent and holding our national security hostage.
The President said during a recent destruction of illegal goods he will neither be scared, threatened or side-tracked in his current determination to rid the country of corruption and economic crimes.
He also warned that no corrupt individual will be spared irrespective of their real or perceived seniority in society.
“All corrupt individuals will go to jail without compromise. But due process of the law will be followed so that those who think they have been wrongly accused can demonstrate their innocence and be vindicated,” said the Head of State.
It is the worst form of economic sabotage driven by the Al-Shabaab and their local sympathizers. It is responsible for killing local economies and rendering our young people jobless and denying the country much needed revenue.
Our farmers are broke and our industries are struggling to stay afloat. It is also frustrating the attainment of vision 2030 and the achievement of the Big 4 agenda.